Patriots trade Mankins; Rams' Bradford, Packers' Raji on IR
FILE - From left are 2014, file photos showing Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tim Wright, and New England Patriots' Logan Mankins. The Buccaneers addressed a need to upgrade their struggling offensive line by obtaining six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins from the Patriots for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick. The deal Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, comes less than 24 hours after the Bucs met with Richie Incognito to try to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal might be an answer to their problems at guard. (AP Photo/File)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 25: New England Patriots guard Dan Connolly, guard Logan Mankins, and tackle Nate Solder during practice on the second day of the Patriots training camp. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins, right, signs an autograph for Luigi Mattei, 8, of North Attleboro, Mass., during NFL football training camp Monday, Aug, 15, 2011, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 29: Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots leaves the field with an injury during a game with the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins listens to a reporter's question during a football news conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Players reported to training camp with their first team practice scheduled for Thursday July 24th. (AP Photo)
New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins (70), who has been selected to the Pro Bowl, stretches before football practice at the team's traning facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007. The 14-0 Patriots will attempt to remain so when they face the 1-13 Miami Dolphins in Foxborough on Sunday, Dec. 23. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins listens to a reporter's question during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. The Patriots will play the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins (70) pauses during a stretching session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The Patriots will play the Indianapolis Colts in an NFL divisional playoff game at Foxborough Saturday night. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
New England Patriots Logan Mankins talks with reporters after NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, May 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
FILE - This Jan. 10, 2010, file photo shows New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins catching his breath on the sidelines in the third quarter of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Baltimore Ravens, in Foxborough, Mass. The team announced Tuesday, nov. 2, 2010, that Mankins had reported after refusing to sign a tender offer as an unrestricted free agent. He missed the team's three-day minicamp in June, all of training camp and the first seven games after saying he wanted to be traded. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins speaks to reporters in the locker room prior to football team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots first-round draft pick Logan Mankins (70), an offensive lineman from Fresno State, takes a break on the field during the first day of rookie minicamp in Foxboro, Mass., Friday, April 29, 2005. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins smiles as he talks to the media about being selected to represent the New England Patriots and the AFC in the 2010 Pro Bowl during a news conference at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 4: Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots lines up against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots leaves the field before a game with the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 18: New England Patriots player Logan Mankins during practice. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 29: New England Patriot offensive guard Logan Mankins waves to fans at Gillette Stadium during the Super Bowl send-off rally for the team before they departed for the Super Bowl. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
New England Patriots first round draft pick Logan Mankins, an offensive lineman from Fresno State University, holds a team jersey with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and team vice chairman Jonathan Kraft, left, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., Thursday, April 28, 2005. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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On the NFL's first preseason cutdown day, a trade and several key players going on injured reserve overshadowed other moves.
In an unusual transaction for its timing, New England sent six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay on Tuesday for tight end Tim Wright and a draft choice.
The Patriots apparently are satisfied with a young group of blockers, and the Buccaneers were desperate to improve their offensive line.
"He has a history of a certain type of play in the league," new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said, adding that the 10th-year pro will bring leadership on and off the field. "We got better, kind of simple as that."
Bringing in a tight end could mean the Patriots are particularly concerned when Rob Gronkowski can return to the lineup. The injury-prone Gronkowski, coming off right knee surgery, only recently began to take part in contact drills.
While Gronkowski works to come back, gone for the season are Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji.
Both went on injured reserve Tuesday, Bradford after tearing his left ACL for the second straight year, Raji with a torn biceps.
Also on injured reserve is Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, who hurt his left knee before training camp began.
Other veterans placed on IR were Colts running back Vick Ballard, Seahawks linebacker Heath Farwell and Browns offensive lineman Michael Bowie.
Put on the physically unable to perform list were Colts fullback FB Stanley Havili and Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden.
Hayden, Oakland's top draft pick in 2013, has a stress fracture in his right foot. Players on PUP must miss at least six weeks of the regular season.
"We didn't feel like he was going to be ready," coach Dennis Allen said. "We feel like he's still a couple of weeks away from actually being ready to be out there practicing and playing football."
The first wave of cuts down to the maximum 75 players saw veterans quarterbacks Thad Lewis, Brady Quinn and Trent Edwards released. Buffalo cut Lewis when it signed Jordan Palmer, while Quinn was let go by Miami and Edwards by Oakland.
Also released were veteran linebacker Victor Butler and tight end Travis Beckum by New Orleans.
The next cut, to the 53-man roster for the regular season, will be Saturday.